What is a Person?

“What is a person? By ‘person’ I mean the particular kind of being that under the proper conditions is capable of developing into (or has developed into) a conscious, reflexive, embodied, self-transcending center of subjective experience, durable identity, moral commitment, and social communication who–as the efficient cause of his or her responsible actions and interactions–exercises complex capacities for agency and intersubjectivity in order to develop and sustain his or her own incommunicable self in loving relationships with other personal selves an with the nonpersonal world.” -Christian Smith

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